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But, with as humble lowliness of mind,
K. Hen. And otherwise will Henry ne'er presume.
How shall we then dispense with that contract,
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
And therefore may be broke without offence.
Glo. Why, what I pray, is Margaret more than that? Her father is no better than an earl,
Although in glorious titles he excel.
Suff. Yes, my good lord, her father is a king,
Exe. Beside, his wealth doth warrant liberal dower; While Reignier sooner will receive, than give.
Suff. A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your king,
That he should be so abject, base, and poor,
To choose for wealth, and not for perfect love.
Henry is able to enrich his queen,
And not to seek a queen to make him rich:
Whom should we match, with Henry, being a king,
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
* Public exhibition.
Approves her fit for none, but for a king:
As is fair Margaret, he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me,
K. Hen. Whether it be through force of your report,
Glo. Ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and last.
[Exeunt GLOSTER and EXETER. Suff. Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd: and thus he goes, As did the youthful Paris once to Greece;
With hope to find the like event in love,
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
KING HENRY VI.
HUME and SOUTHWELL, tuз
BOLINGBROKE, a Conjurer.
CLERK OF CHATHAM.
GEORGE, JOHN, DICK, SMITH,
EARL OF WARWICK,
LORD SCALES, Governor of the
SIR HUMPHREY STAFFORD, and his Brother.
SIR JOHN STANLEY.
A SEA-CAPTAIN, MASTER, MAS-
TWO GENTLEMEN, Prisoners with
MARGARET, Queen to King Henry.
LORDS, LADIES, and ATTENDANTS;
SCENE; dispersedly in various parts of England.
SCENE I-London. A Room of State in the Palace.
Flourish of Trumpets: then Hautboys. Enter, on one side, KING HENRY, Duke of GLOSTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL BEAUFORT; on the other, QUEEN MARGARET, led in by SUFFOLK; YORK, SOMERSET, BUCKINGHAM, and others, following.
Suff. As by your high imperial majesty, I had in charge at my depart for France, As procurator to your excellence,
To marry princess Margaret for your grace;
In presence of the kings of France and Sicil,
The dukes of Orleans, Calaber, Bretaigne, and Alençon,
And humbly now upon my bended knee,
To your most gracious hands, that are the substance
The happiest gift that ever marquis gave,
K. Hen. Suffolk, arise.-Welcome, queen Margaret:
Than this kind kiss.-O Lord, that lends me life,
For thou hast given me, in this beauteous face,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
Q.Mar. Great king of England, and my gracious lord; The mutual conference that my mind hath had
By day, by night; waking, and in my dreams;
In courtly company, or at my beads,~
K. Hen. Her sight did ravish: but her grace in speech,
Makes me, from wondering fall to weeping joys,
Such is the fulness of my heart's content.
Lords, with one cheerful voice, welcome my love.
All Long live queen Margaret, England's happiness!
Suf. My lord protector, so it please your grace,
Between our sovereign and the French king Charles,
Glo. [Reads]. Imprimis, It is agreed between the French King, Charles, and William de la Poole, marquis of Suffolk, ambassador for Henry, King of England, that the said Henry shall espouse the Lady Margaret, daughter unto Reignier, king of Naples, Sicilia, and Jerusalem; and crown her queen of England, ere the thirtieth of May next ensuing.Item,-That the dutchy of Anjou and the county of Maine, shall be released and delivered to the king her father
K. Hen. Uncle, how now?
Glo. Pardon me, gracious lord;
Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart,
And dimm'd mine eyes, that I can read no further.
* Beloved above all things.
K. Hen. Uncle of Winchester, I pray, read on.
Win. Item,-It is further agreed between them, that the dutchies of Anjou and Maine shall be released and delivered over to the king her father; and she sent over of the king of England's own proper cost and charges, without having dowry.
K. Hen. They please us well.-Lord marquis, kneel down; We here create thee the first duke of Suffolk,
And girt thee with the sword.
Cousin of York, we here discharge your grace
Till term of eighteen months be full expired.
Thanks, uncle Winchester, Gloster, York, and Buckingham,
We thank you all for this great favour done,
[Exeunt KING, QUEEN, and SUFFOLK.
In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat,
Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham,
Early and late, debating to and fro
How France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe ?
Been crown'd in Paris, in despite of foes?
And shall these labours, and these honours die?
Car. Nephew, what means this passionate discourse?
This peroration with such circumstance?*
For France, 'tis ours; and we will keep it still.
* Circumstances of aggravation.